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Kesuvos 112


(a) When Rebbi Chelbo, Rebbi Avira and Rebbi Yossi b'Rebbi Chanina arrived at a certain place, they brought them a peach the size of a pot from K'far Hino.
How large was a pot from K'far Hino?

(b) They ate a third and declared another third Hefker.
What did they do with the remainder?

(c) The following year Rebbi Elazar arrived the same place. When they brought *him* a peach, he took it in his hands and recited the Pasuk in Tehilim "Eretz P'ri li'M'leichah, me'Ra'as Yoshvei Vah".
What did he mean by quoting that Pasuk?

(a) What did Rebbi Yehoshua ben Levi say when he saw clusters of grapes the size of calves growing among the vines in Gavla?

(b) What did he say when they informed him what they really were?

(c) How did the people respond when, the following year, Rebbi Chiya arrived in the same place, and took the clusters for goats? Why did they react in that way?

(a) Where was Tzo'an? What was it famous for?

(b) As the result of the B'rachos of Eretz Yisrael, one Beis Sa'ah would produce fifty thousand Kur (thirty Sa'ah = one Kur).
How much would one Beis Sa'ah be expected to produce in Tzo'an of Egypt?

(c) What did Rebbi Meir testify regarding Beis She'an?

(d) What is the connection between Beis-She'an and Tzo'an (see Agados Maharsha)?

(a) When the Torah writes in Sh'lach-Lecha that Chevron was built seven years before Tzo'an of Mitzrayim, why can it not be understood literally?

(b) Then what *does* the Pasuk mean?

(c) What was Chevron famous for?

(d) What is now the significance of the fact that Tzo'an is compared specifically to Chevron in Eretz Yisrael?

5) If a Beis Sa'ah in Tzo'an produced seventy Kur, then one would expect a Beis Sa'ah in Chevron to produce four hundred and ninety Sa'ah.
How did the Tana of the Beraisa arrive at the figure of fifty thousand Kur, due to the Berachah of Eretz Yisrael?


(a) What did Rebbi Yossi mean when he said in a Beraisa that one Sa'ah in Eretz Yisrael can produce five?

(b) Even the Tz'dokim had to concede that Eretz Yisrael was blessed. A certain Tzedoki was telling Rebbi Chanina how much he got out of the one Beis Sa'ah that his father left him in Eretz Yisrael.
What did he manage to obtain out of that one Beis Sa'ah besides wine, oil and wheat?

(c) What did that Cena'ani comment when a Jew told him that a particular date-palm by the River Yardein yielded an annual harvest of sixty Kur of dates?

(a) Yirmiyah referred to Eretz Yisrael as Eretz Tz'vi, because it produces so much fruit that there is nowhere to store it all.
What has this got to do with the skin of a gazelle?

(b) What other analogy might Yirmiyah have been drawing, when he compared the fruit of Eretz Yisrael to a gazelle?

(c) How do we know that, unlike the flesh of a gazelle, the fruit of Eretz Yisrael is luscious (juicy and sweet), that the quantity of the fruit does not affect the quality?

(a) Yechezkel referred to three curses with regard to the false prophets: To which curse was he referring when he wrote ...
  1. ... "be'Sod Ami Lo Yihyu"?
  2. ... "u'vi'K'sav Beis Yisrael Lo Yokaseivu"?
  3. ... "ve'El Admas Yisrael Lo Yavo'u"?
(b) What did Rebbi Elazar announce when he ...
  1. ... arrived in Eretz Yisrael?
  2. ... received Semichah?
  3. ... was appointed to join the select group who would fix Rosh Chodesh and the leap years, based on the Sod ha'Ibur?
(c) What did that Tzedoki comment when Rebbi Zeira, unable to locate a regular bridge to cross the Jordan River into Eretz Yisrael, discovered a flimsy crossing consisting of a narrow plank and an overhead rope to hold on to, and proceeded to cross?

(d) What was Rebbi Zeira's response?

(a) What did Rebbi Aba do when he arrived in the part of Acco which belonged to Eretz Yisrael?

(b) Why did Rebbi Chanina set about repairing whatever he found faulty when he arrived in Eretz Yisrael?

(c) Rebbi Ami and Rebbi Asi kept moving from the sun to the shade and from the shade to the sun.
Why did they do that?

(d) Based on the Pasuk in Tehilim "Ki Ratzu Avadehah es Avanehah, ve'es Afarah Yechonanu", what did Rebbi Chiya bar Gamda do when he first arrived in Eretz Yisrael?

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(a) Rebbi Zeira Amar Rebbi Yirmiyah bar Aba states that when Mashi'ach comes, many accusations will be leveled at the Talmidei-Cachamim.
What did Shmuel comment when Rebbi Zeira told him that?

(b) What did the Tana of Rav Yosef's Beraisa mean when he said 'Bezuzi, u'Vezuzi di'Vezuzi'?

(c) What does Rav Chiya bar Ashi Amar Rav learn from the Pasuk in Yoel "*Ki Eitz Nasa Piryo*, Te'einah ve'Gefen Nasnu Cheilam"?

*** Hadran Alach Sh'nei Daynei, u'Selika Lah Maseches Kesuvos ***

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